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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Radiation - DONE!!!.....Chemo - DONE!!!

Today was Walt's 6th and final scheduled chemo treatment.  Yay!  He'll see both oncologists in 3 weeks for follow-up appointments and lab work.  We're glad to be through this and hope that the next scan will show the tumors continuing to decrease in size.  As I've said before, we can't thank you enough for all your prayers, thoughts and concerns. 

Each cancer case is as different as each person.  What works for one, doesn't necessarily work for another.  Some may have side effects, others may have a few or even none.  All other health issues play into the bigger picture.  Having a positive attitude, a great medical team, and plenty of ground support from family and friends all help determine the outcome.  You learn to take life one day at a time and be grateful for the little things in life.  You may not be able to perform a task one day but the next day you can without any difficulty.  You take this in stride and do the best you can with what you have at the time. 

This has been a huge learning experience and we know there are more lessons to be learned.  We left the infusion suite today saying that while the staff made the experience a more pleasant one, we sincerely hoped we would not see them again.  They said they were not offended and completely understood our position but we're always welcome to stop in for an unprofessional visit. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Big smiles today!

Walt and I sat down with the hematology oncologist today and reviewed the recent blood tests and PET scan.  The blood work was fine and the PET scan showed the initial tumor had shrunk and there was no sign of cancer elsewhere.  Chemo #5 was given today and the 6th and final round is expected to be May 22nd.  After that Walt will have periodic blood tests, appointments and scans for quite some time to make sure everything continues on this path.  She was very pleased with the results thus far.  As are we!  Thank you again for all your thoughts, prayers and good vibes!